A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 16: Fantasy Squad – Nephilim

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I will admit to knowing next to nothing about Nephilims. Why did I choose these mythical creatures for my fantasy squad I hear you ask, well, mainly because fellow blogger and critique partner, Patricia Lynne introduced me to Lake Divine who is part of the Path of Angels series. As you’ve probably guessed, Lake is a nephilim. You should check out his book (Michael) because I guarantee you’ll fall for Lake, and Michael too for that matter!

So, some myths have Nephilims as being the offspring of fallen angels, and that’s certainly true in Lake’s case. Of course I did a little research, but I won’t bore you with too many details (unless your really want to know and in which case I would refer you to Patricia!)

The Bible refers to a race of giants who roamed the Earth, prior to the flood. Some versions of The Bible refer to them as giants, while others call them Nephilim – revealing that they are the offspring of angels, and essentially demigods. As a result of the union between mortal and angel, the offspring were a hybrid – caught between the spiritual and physical realm. They have supernatural powers, obviously, though these differ depending on the source.

Luckily, there are plenty of references in media to choose from, which means I need to get my head out of the clouds (or at least my Greek mythology books) and take a look around once in a while!

The Nephilim by crazy5 - Fan Art / Traditional Art / Drawings / Games©2013-2015 crazy5

The Nephilim by crazy5 – Fan Art / Traditional Art / Drawings / Games©2013-2015 crazy5

The Nephilim in media

  • Various songs have Nephilim in the title (or a reference to them), bands include; Katatonia, Behemoth and Frank Black and the Catholics.
  • A fallen angel appears in Hunted (part of the House of Night series) by P.C. and Kirsten Cast.
  • In Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, a Nephilim is basically any being with angel DNA.
  • Cassandra Clare includes Nephilims in Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.
  • In The Fallen series (and mini series based on the books), Thomas Sniegoski depicts Nephilim as the children of fallen angels.
  • In Gospel of Lucifer by Tom Egeland, Nephilims are extraterrestrials who came to earth 5000 years ago.
  • The Nephilim were a race of aliens in the Warhammer 40k universe.
  • In Rise of the Nephilim, and independent comic series, the Nephilim were evil spirits on earth.
  • Dana Scully attempted to save three Nephilim in All Souls – Season 5 of the X Files.
  • A Nephilim named Jane is introduced in Clip Show – Season 8 of Supernatural.
  • The Nephilim were depicted as angels sent to protect Adam and Eve in the film Noah – they fell when they disobeyed God and became stone giants (Watchers).
  • In Devil’s Tomb, Nephilims are corrupt fallen angels.
  • Nephilims appear in a number of video games, including; Champions Online, Darksiders, Assassin’s Creed, Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, and Exile.

The list goes on, but it’s safe to say, angels, in any form, are a popular choice. Do you have a favourite? Do you agree that the Nephilim is worthy of being part of the squad? What are your thoughts? I’d like to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Mel

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39 Comments

I think you can’t go wrong with the children of angels because they are seriously going to kick ass 🙂 You just have to hope there will be no divine intervention at any point, because that could put a damper on the squad. 😉
Tasha
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I think most of my knowledge of angels comes from Supernatural. So I expect most of them to be jerks. 🙂

I didn’t know a lot about nephilims either so this was really interesting to read 🙂

I have such a complicated relationship with nephilim (which, by the way, is the plural form of the word – nephil is the singular ;]). I love what they are and what they represent, but the way they’ve been romanticized has stripped them of everything that was unique and intriguing about them in the first place.

    That’s intriguing – how do you see them? Like I said – I don’t know all thay much 😉

      They’re villains. Everyone wants to see nephilim as “fallen angels” and like, I dunno, “tortured souls” and I’m just over here like *flail.* It’s a remnant from my high school days when I was righteous and indignant and angry and assholeish about everything, but it’s still pretty funny to see how nephilim are portrayed as heroes – like genuine heroes. Then again, this is biblical canon I’m going by. As we all know, fantasy is amenable to all sorts of takes, twists and turns.

      I feel the same about vampires, though. Vampires as good guys, with good intentions and all, make me laugh – and then roll my eyes.

      Then again, I love a good antihero.

      I’m full of contradictions today.

      Feel free to ignore this comment. My tone is jovial throughout, I promise. :]

      I’m full of contradictions most days! And you can rant any time 😉 I’m not sure if I should tell you that the vampires in my new book were inspired by a really old myth that they were actually the protectors of humans! Cue eye roll 😀 I think you’d like my witch though, so she might make up for it!

      Now, that actually sounds pretty interesting! I will reserve judgment – I have every faith it’s handled well in your hands, and I think that’s the part that matters most: execution.

      What a lovely compliment 🙂 Thank you. It’s not easy taking on something so iconic and changing it up. But you know all about that. What you did with Ero was incredible.

      Hahah okay, now that we’ve both complimented each other, we can get outta here. ;]

      lol – a job well done 😉

Yes, it’s hard not to love Lake. =)
I just read a series that did an interesting twist on Nephilims. They don’t have angel parents, but are given abilities by angels, and at one point, there are even giants.

Fascinating. Some part of my brain thinks of them as fallen angels. This clarifies a lot.

You got one of the two references I was getting ready to drop – Noah from last year. That use was a lot of fun, and let me know of the Biblical origins of this term!

The other main use I think of with the Nephilim is the Diablo series of video games, especially in Diablo 3 where it is very clear that your player character is a Nephilim. Which makes you the one person who can save the world! Which, you know, is generally the case, right? 😉

I’m curious about the giants bit… does that mean angels are gigantic? At least in this iteration…. cool fantasy being. 🙂 (and sorry I fell behind on your posts!)

    Nothing to be sorry about, I’m totally behind too! It’s a busy month 🙂 And I think the giant reference relates to some translations of the word – that its root meaning is giant. But the views on that are conflicted, as are the references! Still, like you said, they are a cool fantasy being 🙂

Very cool. I’d love to see more nephilim in stories, but I think people aren’t sure what to make of them, or sometimes just use it as a synonym for “angel…”

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